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Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

Vladimir Kramnik Interview: 'I'm Not Afraid To Lose'

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The 14th world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik reflects on his remarkable career, telling David Cox about his championship battles with Garry Kasparov, Peter Leko, Veselin Topalov and Vishy Anand, and why Kramnik finally ran out of motivation for the game. After more than two decades at the top, Vladimir Kramnik shocked the chess world earlier this year by announcing his retirement at the age of 43.  A prodigy, and former student of Mikhail Botvinnik’s chess school, Kramnik went on to...

Bogdanovich, Sebag Qualify For FIDE Chess.com Isle Of Man Grand Swiss

Bogdanovich, Sebag Qualify For FIDE Chess.com Isle Of Man Grand Swiss

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On Wednesday, the Ukrainian GM Stanislav Bogdanovich (@Padenie_Zvezd) and the French GM Marie Sebag (@Etoilegeniale) qualified for the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in Isle of Man. The two grandmasters each defeated three other men and women who all earned their way to the qualifier with top performances in the four previous Chess.com Titled Tuesday events. Bogdanovich had won the round-robin portion convincingly, scoring 5/5 after starting with a loss to the runner-up, the Vietnamese...

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

Magnus Carlsen's Amazing Pawn Sacrifices

GM Gserper
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There is a well-known chess joke (or maybe not even a joke!) that it is much more difficult to sacrifice a pawn than a queen. Indeed, in most queen sacrifices you get huge dividends right away, since it is difficult to imagine a player sacrificing his queen just to get (for example) a good square for his knight. Therefore, it is relatively easy to predict the outcome of many queen sacrifices, like the next one: From the other side, most pawn sacrifices are done for positional gains and so it...

How Chess.com Led Other Media In Reporting Chess Cheating Scandal

How Chess.com Led Other Media In Reporting Chess Cheating Scandal

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The world was shocked a few days ago when a Latvian-Czech grandmaster was caught cheating during an open tournament. GM Igors Rausis confirmed in a written statement that he had used his phone during a game at the Strasbourg Open (July 10-14) in France. As a result, the FIDE Ethics Commission is now dealing with the case, and even the French police have been involved. FIDE rating card of Igors Rausis. | Source: FIDE. The world reaction was swift. Peter Doggers’ news account, posted on...

Riga Grand Prix Round 2 Tiebreaks: Grischuk, Mamedyarov, So Reach Semis

Riga Grand Prix Round 2 Tiebreaks: Grischuk, Mamedyarov, So Reach Semis

IM Rakesh
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While Maxime Vachier-Lagrave had qualified after the two classical games, Alexander Grischuk, Wesley So and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also reached the semi-finals of the Riga Grand Prix after yesterday's tiebreaks. Day six in Riga was an exciting affair with the round two tiebreaks. Unlike in round one, none of the matches went all the way to the Armageddon game to force a decision. The match between So and Sergey Karjakin was the longest of the round, where the former...

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

How Maxime Vachier-Lagrave Is Focusing On Qualifying For The Next Candidates Tournament

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This month we are pleased to meet Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, known as MVL, the French number 1 and member of world top 5. Chess.com France will follow closely his quest for the world title that will require being qualified for the next Candidates tournament. Thus, the next Grand Prix will be crucial. That's why we will watch it carefully on our channel. Jurmala Grand Prix (a seaside resort near Riga in Latvia) will take place from July 12 to 25, and our pair Vlad Tkachiev and Kevin Bordi will comment...

Xiong Defeats Maghsoodloo 14.5-10.5 To Advance To The Junior Speed Chess Championship Final

Xiong Defeats Maghsoodloo 14.5-10.5 To Advance To The Junior Speed Chess Championship Final

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Jeffery Xiong defeated Parham Maghsoodloo Thursday by a score of 14.5-10.5 to advance to the finals of the Junior Speed Chess Championship Thursday. "When I lost connection after being a knight up, I wasn't able to recover," said Maghsoodloo. "You have to think about your connection during tournaments like these." Asked whether he made adjustments between the 5+1 and 3+1 portions, Parham responded: "I was just playing everything and trying to enjoy chess. It wasn't so important to...

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

Learning Pawn Structure For Chess Players Under 2000

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What is pawn structure? From my online glossary, I define it as “the positioning of the whole pawn mass. Also referred to as the pawn skeleton. This positioning of the pawns is what usually dictates the types of plans available in a given position due to open files, space, pawn weaknesses, etc.” In my previous article (Learning Basic Pawn Structures), I showed how important (and fairly easy) it is to use pawns. Here I will give you structures that are more complex. However, whether...

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